Florida proposal seeks to clear the way for public funding of private schools
The chairwoman of the State Board of Education, charged with supervising Florida’s system of free public education, has proposed amending the state Constitution to permit funding of some private schooling. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
A new move to create a statewide board to oversee Florida’s 28 state and community colleges is part of a major bill filed Wednesday by Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill. The legislation (SB 540), filed for the 2018 session, revives elements of a 2017 Senate bill that would have revamped the state-college system but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott. [Source: Panama City News Herald]
With many teachers among the thousands of residents fleeing Puerto Rico for the mainland after Hurricane Maria, school districts in Florida, Texas and New York say they are working to streamline the certification process in the hopes of adding Puerto Rican teachers to their classrooms. [Source: Governing]
Florida's colleges and universities, like most others nationwide, face an unprecedented demand for mental health services. Counseling and mental health services need to be part of continued conversations nationally within higher education and beyond. [Source: The Alligator]
Current Florida law limits the length of service for lawmakers, governors and even State Board of Education members. School Board members face no such restrictions. But Erika Donalds, a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, thinks they should. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
› Florida Coastal, which has 47.7% bar pass rate, out of compliance with ABA accreditation standards [ABA Journal]
Florida Coastal School of Law is “significantly out of compliance” with various ABA accreditation standards involving program objectives, academic advising and admissions policy, the organization wrote in a letter to the school this month.
› Rollins College enters partnership with Central Florida Hillel [Heritage Florida Jewish News]
Rollins College, in partnership with Central Florida Hillel (CFH), announces the creation of a new Hillel, making Rollins the only small, liberal arts college in the state of Florida to have a full-time Hillel professional.
› Dixie schools’ book ban raises eyebrows [Gainesville Sun]
Dixie County Schools Superintendent Mike Thomas issued a directive banning ‘inappropriate’ instructional materials after a complaint about Ernest Gaines’ novel “A Lesson Before Dying.”
› Controversial charter school withdraws application [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
Backers of the only school to apply for a charter in Sarasota County withdrew their application Monday after the district’s final report found that the majority of the charter application’s educational plan, budget and organizational plan did not meet the district’s standards.